Updating the Health Fees to Offer More Student Services

Closing the gap between students needs and on-campus service capacity is an urgent priority, and there are simply no other funds to address this issue. The Health & Wellbeing team has taken a number of steps already to increase efficiency, including reducing administrative support staff, increasing technological support systems, applying for grants, developing partnerships including a student training clinic, and more. The only remaining option to fix this urgent need is to adjust the health fee to increase services.

The Student Fee Advisory Committee has recommended the two fees that support student health be adjusted as follows: The Health Operations Fee would increase to $311 (currently $218) per semester, and the Health Facilities Fee (currently $3) would increase to $78 per semester for a new housing/health building or $66 per semester to repair the existing building.

This money could only be used to support physical and mental health, and there are no other sources of money to improve these services. The fees could fund a number of potential improvements:

  • Shorter wait times with more psychiatrists, mental health therapists, doctors, nurses, and other medical providers
  • Repairing the existing facility and the required space for more staff or building a larger facility in conjunction with campus housing that would add more medical and counseling services, expand basic needs services, and hundreds of new residence spaces for students
  • Sustaining and expanding sexualized violence prevention programs like Check It! as temporary federal grant funding ends
  • Student employment opportunities (more than 50 students total with increases)
  • 24/7 Plan B and other medication access through discreetly accessible vending machines
  • Advancement of convenient technology like 24/7 emotional texting support, online scheduling, and birth control prescription renewals from your phone
  • More availability and quicker scheduling of birth control implants, removals, STI screenings, and other lab work
  • Advertising and other activities to support recruiting diverse candidate pools for new hires and increasing training for staff, particularly in meeting needs underrepresented and marginalized communities
  • More Oh SNAP! Student Food Pantry and farm stand services for students
  • Expanded no-cost holistic health workshops for all students in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, cooking, and massage.

The open consultation process is a chance for students to learn about reasons for the fee adjustment and to give feedback about the top priorities for implementation. Would you rather see more services sooner or spread the fees out over longer? Which kinds of services are the top priority? Where is more education needed around explaining the process and needs? You can weigh in on these questions and provide other feedback in a number of ways.